Ideas for 5 Most Eco Friendly Gifts.
Gifts are expression care, love and … tradition. We buy lots of gifts during the year, birthday gifts, valentine gifts, Christmas gifts, New Year gifts and other personal gifts. Gift giving crested during holiday season, where the average American spends $800 on gifts. During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States. The production as well the waste of those gifts, have given extra burden the Earth. To help minimizing the impacts to our Earth, here is my idea of 5 most eco friendly gifts:
Everyone reads everyday. Whether it is magazine, bible, novel, cooking recipe book, comic, newspaper and many more print media.
30 million of trees are cut down annually just to produce books that sold in U.S. alone.
(Environmental Trends and Climate Impacts: Findings from the U.S. Book Industry report)
The Environmental Paper Network estimates that if the U.S. reduced its paper consumption by 10 percent annually, we could save enough energy to power 228,000 homes, the carbon emissions equivalent to removing 279,000 cars from the road and 11 billion gallons of water.
One great way to help making this happen is by changing our reading habit. Using e-reader can save huge amount of trees to be chopped down. We can read paperless books as much we want. Giving e-reader as a gift is a great promotion to save trees. Learn more about the amazing capability of this little tool.
2. Tree and plants.
Another choice of green gift you can have is plants. Lots of indoor plants are excellent air purifiers that unlike air purifier machines clean the air pollution without using chemical substances. Those indoor plants also do not require batteries or energy to work. Learn more what indoor plants that is excellent for air purifier.
In case with Christmas gifts, a live Christmas tree is a good idea. 29 millions households in the U.S. have Christmas tree. Send a small potted tree and decorate it with eco-friendly ornaments if possible. Choose a young tree that can be used as Christmas tree for several years or that can be grown in the garden later. Trees absorb carbon. According to the American-based Tree Folks, ‘a single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. /year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings’.
Learn more what trees give us.
3. Organic gifts: Food, flowers, fruits. Nicely arrange them in a basket. Organic stuff makes organic waste too, which can lessen the pile amount of non-organic waste come from non-organic gifts during the season holidays. The gift receiver can still use the basket as container later. You either arrange your organic gifts on a recycled bag.
About 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season.(EPA).
Batteries Could Be a Potent Source of Mercury Leak.
4. Gift from the recycled items. You can find lots of choices of presents made from recycled materials, such as clothes, books, crafts, bags even jewelry. Choosing presents from recycled items will helps cutting down the energy, source, and pollution.
5. Personalized gifts: Study reveals that lots of unwanted gifts are bought every year. Unwanted gifts are wasted gifts that most of them will end at the landfill, generated pollution. Choose personalized gifts to avoid your gifts being thrown away. Gifts with names and photos of the receivers tend to be kept for a long time. If possible, find out what the receivers like to have.